Our tree is up. Amelia J loves it – she looks up at it and says “TA!”, and waves her hands above her head – which is her way of singing “twinkle twinkle little star”. She’s upstairs at the moment, in her cot – and she’s meant to be napping – but I can hear that there is a parrot in the gum tree outside her window snacking on some tasty blossom and it’s squawking and Amelia is saying “Hello! Hello!”. This weekend brings the first wave of family visitors for the first of many christmas celebratory meals. Next week it’s going to be a big ol’ mess of babies, dogs, wrapping paper and champagne corks. Almost all my shopping is done and I am now working on my new years resolutions — first one being to either do all my christmas shopping before December in 2004 or even more ambitiously – make all gifts. Gee, that sounds a little familiar.